150+ Finding Yourself Quotes

Awaken to new possibilities with these finding yourself quotes. Over 150 quotes about finding your true self and living a life that matters.

Life is a journey of self discovery

The process of self discovery is a lifelong journey. It starts the day we’re born and continues until the day we die. Along the way, we make new discoveries about ourselves, about others, and about the world around us. We learn who we are, what we want, and how to get there.

Some people find this process easy. They seem to instinctively know who they are and what they want out of life. For others, self discovery is a more difficult journey. They may feel lost and confused, not sure where to turn or what to do next.

Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself

If you’re struggling to find yourself, don’t despair. These finding yourself quotes will help you awaken to new possibilities and find the strength to keep going.

Quotes about Finding Yourself

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

– Unknown

Finding oneself and one’s path is like waking up on a foggy day. Be patient, and presently the fog will clear and that which has always been there can be seen. The path is already there to follow.

– Rasheed Ogunlaru

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

Aldous Huxley

And maybe a happy ending doesn’t include a guy, maybe it’s on your own, picking up the pieces and starting over, freeing yourself up for something better in the future. Maybe the happy ending is just moving on.

– Unknown

Should we say the self, once perceived, becomes the soul?

– Theodore Roethke

Your life may not be full with reasons to be happy, but your life itself is the reason to be happy.

– Anurag Prakash Ray

Learn to calm down the winds of your mind, and you will enjoy great inner peace.

– Remez Sasson

True happiness is found inside the heart, not in the situation or outcome.

– Anurag Prakash Ray

Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.

– Pema Chodron

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

– Eckhart Tolle

Make your heart a zone of peace.

– Jack Kornfield

Make your heart a zone of peace. - Jack Kornfield

If you aren’t happy single, you won’t be happy taken. Happiness comes from within. Not from others.

– Unknown

With you I could be myself, but now without you, I’m trying to find myself.

– Unknown

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Progress leads to purpose. Pursuit of purpose leads to progress. So if you’re not yet sure of your purpose…head in that direction and purpose will reveal itself, increasingly, day by day.

– Unknown

It is so important to take time for yourself and find clarity. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.

– Diane Von Furstenberg

Some steps need to be taken alone. It’s the only way to really figure out where you need to be.

– Mandy Hale

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offer thanks for all the troubles we don’t have.

– Unknown

Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

– Marcus Aurelius

Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.

– Menander

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

– Og Mandino

Happiness does not come from without, it comes from within.

Helen Keller

Instead of searching for possessions and achievements to make you happy, reflect on who you are and find authentic joy within.

– Stephanie Mitchell

If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found.

– Unknown

If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found.

A rational person can find peace by cultivating indifference to things outside of their control.

– Naval Ravikant

Happiness starts with you. Not with your relationships, your job, money. Happiness starts with you.”

You have no need to travel anywhere. Journey within yourself, enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own light.


The more I find myself, the more people I lose.

– Unknown

Know thyself? If I knew myself, I’d run away.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living each moment with love, grace and gratitude.

– Denis Waitley

One does not ‘find oneself’ by pursuing one’s self, but on the contrary by pursuing something else and learning through discipline or routine… who one is and wants to be.

– May Sarton

One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self; of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be dug up.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

– James A. Froude

Quotes for Finding Yourself

We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.

– Jean-Paul Sartre

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We lose ourselves in things we love. We find ourselves there, too.

– Kristin Martz

You’ve got to find yourself first. Everything else’ll follow.

– Charles de Lint

You’ve got to find yourself first. Everything else’ll follow. - Charles de Lint

Remember the entrance to the sanctuary is inside you.

– Rumi

Remember the entrance to the sanctuary is inside you. - Rumi

Happiness is an inside job. Don’t assign anyone else that much power over your life.

– Mandy Hale

Happiness isn’t always measured by the person you’re with it’s by the person within yourself.

– Damian Stafon

Happiness comes from within and is found in the present moment by making peace with the past and looking forward to the future.

– Unknown

Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.

– Pablo Neruda

Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.

– Sri Chinmoy

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

– William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Whatever it takes to find the real you, don’t be daunted if the rest of the world looks on in shock.

– Stephen Richards

Ignore the drama, ignore the hatred, ignore the pain. Find peace, find happiness, find yourself.

– Unknown

I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.

– Michel de Montaigne

Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.

– Unknown

You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search.

– Maxwell Maltz

You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search. - Maxwell Maltz

Find Yourself Quotes

Finding your passion isn’t just about careers and money. It’s about finding your authentic self – the one you’ve buried beneath other people’s need.

– Kristin Hannah

First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.

– Amos Bronson Alcott

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

Henry David Thoreau

To work on yourself is the best thing you can do. Accept that you are not perfect, but you are enough. And then start working on everything that destroys you. Your insecurities, your ego, your dark thoughts. You will see, in the end you’re going to make peace with yourself. And that’s the greatest thing in the world.

– Unknown

I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If you can win over your mind, you can win over the world.

– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

It is the individual who knows how little they know about themselves who stands the most reasonable chance of finding out something about themselves before they die.

– S. I. Hayakawa

Ego says – Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel inner peace. Spirit says – Find your inner peace and then everything will fall into place.

– Marianne Williamson

Happiness is your own treasure because it lies within you.

– Prem Rawal

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.

– Mahatma Gandhi

True happiness comes from within, not elsewhere. Don’t make the mistake of waiting on someone or something to come and make you happy.

– Unknown

To fall in love with yourself is the first secret of happiness.

– Robert Morley

We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.

– Elizabeth Gilbert

The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself, everything that you want, you already are.

– Rumi

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.


Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. - Lao-Tzu

Pursuit of happiness starts from within, your own self. You don’t need to search outside.

– Sunita

Pursuit of happiness starts from within, your own self. You don’t need to search outside. - Sunita

Quotes on Finding Yourself

I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.

Eleanor Roosevelt

You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.

– Jerry Gilles

Pursuit of happiness is not a chase but a realization.

– YQ Baba

Calmness yields happiness.

– Maxime Lagacé

Calmness yields happiness. - Maxime Lagacé

A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.

Albert Einstein

Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.

– Ann Landers

You can’t change the past or what happens to you, but you can stand up for yourself and decide to break the chains. You can change the course. You can stop letting pain, hurt, and brokenness drive the bus for you. You are worthy, you’re worth it, and you deserve it.

– Unknown

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Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.

– Valerie Bertinelli

If you’re seeking to find yourself and your purpose, then you’re right on track. Inquiry opens the door to discovery.

– Unknown

The only journey worthwhile is finding yourself.

– Unknown

The only journey worthwhile is finding yourself.

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

– Jackson Pollock

IF you find some happiness inside yourself, you’ll start finding it in lot of other places too.

– Gladiola Montana

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.


I lost myself trying to please everyone else. Now I’m losing everyone while I’m finding myself.”

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.

– Lucille Ball

The only journey is the journey within.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Finding Yourself Again Quotes

Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something truly meaningful.

– Martin Yan

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything it is.

– Mandy Hale

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Committing yourself is a way of finding out who you are. A man finds his identity by identifying.

– Robert Terwilliger

If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.

– James A. Michener

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.

– James Thurber

You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.

– Eckhart Tolle

The real battle is within – always in the present moment.

– Stephen Hanselman

It’s not about finding a home so much as finding yourself.

– Jason Behr

It’s not about finding a home so much as finding yourself. - Jason Behr

Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.

– Unknown

Beauty comes from the happiness within.

– Liv Tyler

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You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.

– George Michael

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

– Mahatma Gandhi

You have to lose yourself to find yourself.

– Willem Dafoe

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.

– Thomas Szasz

A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere.

– François de La Rochefoucauld

When you fight yourself to discover the real you, there is only one winner.

– Stephen Richards

When you fight yourself to discover the real you, there is only one winner. - Stephen Richards

Inspiring Quotes on Finding Yourself

If you’ve got a world full of people who have inner peace, then you have a peaceful world.

– Wayne W. Dyer

It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.

– Epictetus

Inner peace doesn’t come from getting what we want, but from remembering who we are.

– Marianne Williamson

It had to happen…In order to find myself I had to lose you.

– R.H. Sin

To find yourself, think for yourself.


To find yourself, think for yourself. - Socrates

I am currently under repair. Trying to find myself, heal myself, and take care of myself, so thank you for your patience.”

Every time I say I’m done” I find myself trying again.”

– Unknown

Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.

– Gerald G. Jampolsky

There is no satisfaction that can compare with looking back across the years and finding you’ve grown in self-control, judgment, generosity, and unselfishness.

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It is inner stillness that will save and transform the world.

– Eckhart Tolle

Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.

– Wayne W. Dye

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

– Lao Tzu

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You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, ‘I’m proud of what I am and who I am, and I’m just going to be myself.

– Mariah Carey

Find yourself first-like yourself first-love yourself FIRST & friendship & love will naturally find YOU.

– Mandy Hale

Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.

– Lin Yutang

Quotes on Self Discovery

First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.

– Thomas Kempis

Go find yourself first so you can also find me.

– Rumi

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.

– Jean de La Fontaine

Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.

– Richard Wright

No one is going to rescue you from yourself – your inner demons, your lack of confidence, your dissatisfaction with yourself and your life. Only self-love and good decisions will rescue you.”

Happiness is within you, not from others, so don’t wait for the moment of anyone, enjoy the way you are.’

– Saranya Kannan

It’s not always easy to find happiness within yourself, but its the only place to look for it.

– Unknown

Genuine happiness comes from within, and often it comes in spontaneous feelings of joy.

– Andrew Weil

Self discovery often happens when we move out of our comfort zone and change the norm. Love is something that finds you.

– Unknown

Happiness springs up from within. Do not seek it without.

– Ogwo David Emenike

Don’t worry about finding your soul mate. Find yourself.

– Jason Evert

Find out who you are and do it on purpose.

– Dolly Parton

Find out who you are and do it on purpose. - Dolly Parton

Be a witness, not a judge, focus on yourself, not on others. Listen to your heart, not to the crowd.

– Unknown

One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.

– Blise Pascal

Finding yourself is a lifelong journey of discovery. The horizon of self is always moving and keeps you engaged in the pursuit. It is evolution by design.

What you fear is inside yourself… The power to do great or terrible things.

– Liam Neeson, Batman Begins

Finding Yourself Sayings

You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy anyplace.

– Ernie Banks

If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.

– Marvin Gaye

Don’t spend all of your time trying to FIND yourself. Spend your time CREATING yourself into a person that you’ll be proud of.

– Sonya Parker

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

– Carl Jung

You’ve got to know yourself so you can at last be yourself.

D.H. Lawrence

Your real self may be hiding somewhere, look for it within, when you find yourself, you can freely be what you want to be.

– Michael Bassey Johnson

Happiness comes from within your heart, if it is being ruled by the peace of God, you will be thankful for whatever you have.

– Kuya Daniel Razon

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.

– Marcel Proust

You are responsible for your own happiness. If you expect others to make you happy, chances are you’ll always end up disappointed.

– Unknown

It’s a life’s journey of finding ourselves, finding our power, and living for yourself, not for everyone else.

– Mariska Hargitay

In the end you don’t so much find yourself as you find someone who knows who you are.

– Robert Brault

I didn’t change. I just found myself.”

If you want peace, stop fighting. If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts.

– Peter McWilliams

For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.

– Clifton Fadiman

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.

– The Coach

Each man’s life represents a road toward himself.

– Hermann Hesse

Each man’s life represents a road toward himself. - Hermann Hesse

Words of Wisdom about Finding Yourself

Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.

– Ralph Hartston

Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.

– Matthew Arnold

The day you find yourself will be the most beautiful day, because after that – you will never accept less than what you deserve.

– Ruby Dhal

Find your happiness, in yourself.

Albert Camus

Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray.

– Rumi

It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too.

– H.W. Shaw

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.

– Dalai Lama

I’m busy finding myself.”

If you’re being ignored, that’s a good time to concentrate on finding yourself and creating your own mystery.

– Lykke Li

Nothing external to you has any power over you.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all fears you have overcome.

– Unknown

Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not.

– Mooji

Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.

– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.


There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.

Benjamin Franklin

You never find yourself until you face the truth.

– Pearl Bailey

You never find yourself until you face the truth. - Pearl Bailey

Know who you are quotes

I wasn’t searching for something or someone….I was searching for me.

– Carrie Bradshaw, Se and The City

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.

– Robert J. Sawyer

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. - Robert J. Sawyer

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

Maya Angelou

Sometimes we must lose ourselves to find ourselves.

– Sonny Long

Your happiness starts with you. Find peace within yourself.

– Unknown

Your happiness starts with you. Find peace within yourself.

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.

– John F. Kennedy

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.

– Unknown

The only way to find yourself is when you start being true to everyone around you.

– Unknown

The true source of happiness is within each of us.

– Chris Prentiss

The true source of happiness is within each of us. - Chris Prentiss

Why should we honor those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.

– William Butler Yeats

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

– Guillaume Apollinaire

The process of finding happiness within one’s own self may be difficult and slow but it cannot be found anywhere else.

– Swami Parthasarathy

All this time I was finding myself, And I didn’t know I was lost.

– Avicci, Wake Me Up

Finding yourself is not really how it works. You aren’t a ten dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. Finding yourself is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering of who you were before the world got its hands on you.

– Emily Mcdowell

Be who you are, and find yourself so you can be your own person and enjoy life with no regret.

– Bonnie Zackson Koury

All the wonders you seek are within yourself.

– Thomas Browne

All the wonders you seek are within yourself. - Thomas Browne

Quotes Finding Yourself

Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you.”

Lose yourself wholly; and the more you lose, the more you will find.

– Catherine Of Siena

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.

– Unknown

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

– Dalai Lama

Stress is a choice. So is inner peace.

– Lewis Howes

Stress is a choice. So is inner peace. - Lewis Howes

Real happiness comes from within. It starts with accepting yourself just the way you are and not trying to be something you’re not. When we give up resistance, we discover happiness.

– Mal Duane

Be so happy that when others look at you, they become happy too.

– Unknown

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